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County unveils $12.5M capital plan

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government on Wednesday unveiled a proposed $12.5 million county capital plan for 2018, including a $914,571 project to improve vital emergency 911 communications. The Board of Supervisors’ Capital Projects Committee met for the first time this year at the County ...

Boyd Wells

Police looking for escaped prisoner

FONDA — Several high-ranking Montgomery County officials have confirmed that the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the New York state police are looking for a county prisoner named Boyd Wells who escaped from the Montgomery County Courthouse earlier today. A "hyper-reach" reverse 911 ...

City sets approval for alcohol

GLOVERSVILLE — City events will be able to serve alcohol for sample or sale with the proper permits and licenses following a decision by the Common Council on Tuesday. The council voted to approve a resolution that altered the city code chapter on special events to allow public events on ...

Mayor considering GHA options

GLOVERSVILLE — Mayor Dayton King said he is not ready to appoint anyone to the board of commissioners at the Gloversville Housing Authority. During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, King told the council and public that he has not yet found anyone he thinks would be a good fit for the ...

21-year fire dept. veteran retiring

JOHNSTOWN — A pending city fire department retirement was noted by Mayor Vern Jackson at the Common Council meeting last week at City Hall. In his report to the council, Jackson said he received a letter from Fire Chief Bruce Heberer that one of the department’s four assistant chiefs was ...

County approves $125K loan from IDA to local business

FONDA — The Montgomery County Legislature Tuesday voted to authorize a $125,000 Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency loan to the TES Corporation and New Process Cleaners to enable the dry cleaning company to purchase the former Hotaling Florist building in the city of ...

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City man charged with arson

GLOVERSVILLE — A city man has been charged following what city police and fire officials are calling an arson at a downtown church. Mitchell S. Swart, 32, of 15 Second Ave., Apartment 1, was charged with third-degree arson, third-degree burglary and second-degree escape on Tuesday. ...

County sees sales tax revenue drop

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County’s sales tax came in slightly lower for the second quarter — the reverse of several other regional counties that saw gains. Fulton County was one of only nine of New York state’s 62 counties that saw a sales tax decrease for the quarter. “It just concerns ...

Funds for fair ‘Youth Days’ in limbo

FONDA — After debating on where the funding should come from, the Montgomery County Legislature decided not to vote on a resolution that would have given $15,000 to promote “Youth Days” at the Fonda Fair. Discussion of the funding resolution began Tuesday night with District 1 ...

The Johnstown Mall on North Comrie Avenue in Johnstown on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Mall owners seek lower taxes

JOHNSTOWN — Owners of the Johnstown Mall earlier this month filed legal action against the city to get the mall’s assessment lowered by $2.5 million. Johnstown Comrie Associates LLC of King Of Prussia, Pa. on July 5 in state Supreme Court in Johnstown filed court papers. Filed was a ...

Two sue city for sick pay

GLOVERSVILLE — Two former top officials in the City Clerk’s Office recently filed civil lawsuits against the city, collectively seeking over $22,000 in back sick pay. Former Gloversville City Clerk Susan Semione of 24 Elman St., Broadalbin, and former Gloversville Deputy Clerk Cindy ...

House passes Stefanik bill to help military spouses

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday proposed by North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik that would ease documentation requirements for spouses of military members who frequently must relocate to meet military mandates. The bill has not yet been introduced ...

Court drops lawsuit against Wal-Mart

SYRACUSE — A Federal lawsuit brought by A Montgomery County man against Wal-Mart has been dismissed after being settled out of court. Joseph Biasi filed a suit against Wal-Mart Stores East and three employees initially in state Supreme Court in Montgomery County before it was moved to U.S. ...

RTVI Producer/News Division Anna Asatiani looks at old black and white 8- by 10-inch photos of Townsend Leather taken in the 1970s while she and her filming crew were conducting interviews at Townsend Leather in Johnstown on Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

The Russians are in town

JOHNSTOWN — Russians and President Donald Trump have dominated American national media for months. Now, Russian media want to tell Moscow what a small upstate community like Fulton County thinks of it all. At least for one day. New York City-based broadcast TV network RTVI chose to hang ...

Pay up or relinquish

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Court Judge Polly Hoye has ordered Bentley Valdez to pay $68,447 to the James A. Brennan Memorial Human Society for the care and feeding of dogs seized from Valdez’s property or else forfeit ownership rights to the dogs. On April 5, New York state police seized ...

Mohawk, Johnstown close to deal

JOHNSTOWN — The city of Johnstown and the town of Mohawk are getting close to a revenue-sharing agreement involving a proposed Route 30A regional business park. But completion of a necessary environmental impact statement on the annexation of land needed for the park is months away, a ...

New York state Department of Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia reads to children at the Amsterdam Free Public Library Monday.  (The Leader-Herald/Jason Subik)

Libraries are more than books

AMSTERDAM — While reading the first book of the Amsterdam Free Public Library’s Summer Reading program titled “Creepy Carrots”, New York state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia asked the question, “What does it mean when it says ‘I have a passion for carrots?’” “He ...

Board to focus on appointments

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education will consider personnel matters, including business office and principal appointments, at a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at Johnstown High School. The board is slated to appoint district Treasurer Melissa Baker to ...

Twilight event a success: Jennings

GLOVERSVILLE — Rainy weather couldn’t keep the more than 450 people who came to the first Twilight Market away from downtown on July 14. The first ever Twilight Market featured a small farmer’s market, a variety of vendors, family activities and music. Activities were spread throughout ...

Mayor King looking for new GHA member

GLOVERSVILLE — Mayor Dayton King said he hopes to make an appointment soon to the Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners following the resignation of two members on Thursday. During Thursday’s GHA board meeting, Board Chairman Michael Ponticello and resident board member ...